Originally Posted by Angiolo
- Audio Source AMP 100
- MuxLab stereo-audio-over-cat5e balun to receive the pre-amp surround channel outputs from the pre-amp output
- Sonos Connect
- Another external Amp for the WHA. All speakers other than the ones in the LR will be connected to this Amp, as well as the Sonos Connect (and any other source that I put in the utility room). Input 2 line-out on the AMP-100 will be connected as a source to the external Amp to make the source in the LR (i.e. the blu ray player and standard FM/AM radio from A/R) accessible for the WHA.
Ha! I completely forgot about the dual-source input with auto-switching on the AMP-100 - that makes it perfect for this application...
If you want to connect the other sources from the LR into the WHA system, you'll need a separate link from the surround pre-amp output. Good news here is that MuxLab has a "Quad Audio Balun" so you can send two stereo pairs over one cat5e easily. So probably the pre-amp L/R and SL/SR outputs, with L/R going to your WHA setup and SL/SR to the AMP-100 input 1.
- Speaker Selectors (?, see following question)
Please help me with the last item. It appears to me that I should be able to get by with an external amp that can power three zones since I will need to address K, BedR and BaR. LR is powered with its own A/R. I would of course need to program scenes into the remote in order to make this operationally friendly. However, I might be missing something here. It also seems to recommend 2 speaker selectors. What would I need the second one for?
You lost me here, but I suggest you look at a multichannel amp / WHA system. HTD.com has several systems that are excellent values. If you get a 4-zone setup, you would just use a line-out from one of the zones to run to the AMP-100 (essentially using it for all LR duties). A WHA system allows for full independent source/volume/on/off control without having to play around with multiple switchers, etc. all to share one amp...
Additional question: If I wanted to listed to CD from the blu ray player in let’s say the BaR, I guess the command would be for LR A/R to turn on and address pre-amp outputs which in turn would power on the Audio Source AMP 100 (as I would put it on auto-on). I would also switch on the external Amp in the utility room and select as source the input from the AMP 100, and switch to the speaker zone for the BedR. Assuming that this is correct (and let me know if it is not), the sound would play in the BedR but also on the Back Surround speakers (as they are kind of the trigger). This can be a bit of a nuisance if someone in the other bedrooms on the 2nd floor be (which are not included in the WHA because they are not pre-wired, although they all have 2 coax and 2 Cat5e) wants to sleep while I listen to the sounds in the 3rd floor BedR. I saw on the AMP 100 that one can adjust the volume locally, but it appears that the AMP 100 cannot be controlled by IR which makes the local adjustment of volume not really practicable. Any solution for this?
Third question: Do you have a recommendation for a good external amp that can do what I need it to. I have only bought A/V receivers in the past, but it seems that for the WHA I only need a lesser solution.
Ok, ignoring all that as it's solved by doing a WHA system, using the AMP100 as the zone amp for the LR. As long as the WHA system has a variable zone line-output, you just set the AMP100 volume reasonably high and control volume down from there. Will take a bit of trial/error, but should work ok. The other option (which may be easier) is to just make the LR a zone on the WHA system, and feed the surround channels from the LR as a "source" to the WHA system. That source would only be useful in the LR, but gets rid of the external amp altogether. Issue is the WHA amps will be much smaller than the AMP100, so may need to play with the levels.
(I know this sounds complicated, but if you draw it out in a diagram it's not bad)
Fourth question: Any recommendation for the LR A/R that will only have to power a 3.1 system, although I should be able to calibrate towards a 5.1 system by recognizing the speakers on the pre-amp/AMP 100 connection. Is calibration in a setting like this actually possible with the systems that for example Denon and Yamaha have?
No, all AVRs will have 5 channels, but not a big deal. Alternative would be a true pre/pro and a 3-channel external amp, which will be a lot more money... The pre-amp surround outputs will just need to be adjusted in the AVR setup menu, which is easy to do on any receiver. Get any AVR with pre-amp outputs and you'll be fine. Note that none of the 'entry level' AVRs seem to have these anymore... You'll have to move up the product line a bit.